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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Nov 5, 2008 5:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: for those that saw the dead live in the 90`s

I find the later years rather fascinating because the playing gradually declined each year, yet they still played HUGE stadiums

In my opinion, much of this was a result of the Grateful Dead concert experience as a whole. To me the band was only a part of the whole concert experience. The crowd, the freaks, the scene in the lot, the energy of the event were all equal parts of the equation. Apparantly many others felt the same way, hence big mega shows being sold out at a time when the music wasn't always at it's best.
Even on an off night, a GD concert was one hell of a fun place to be!! There is some truth in the saying "there is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert". At least for me anyway.

As for the decline in the 90's, I only saw them a handful of times after 1990 so I can't really rember a defining moment so to speak. I do remember seeing them in '94 after not having seen them for a while and thinking how the shows were really really short. I seem to recall chalking it up to the band advancing in age as opposed to what turned out to really be the beginning of the end for Jerry.